Biography of Dr. Carl S. Bishop
Jefferson County, IA Biographies





Dr. Carl S. Bishop, who for more than seventeen years has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Glasgow, was born in Van Buren county, this state, on October, 21, 1864, a son of John and Mary (Huffman) Bishop. His father was a native of Virginia, his birth occurring there in 1826, while the mother, whose natal day was in 1835, was the first white child born in Van Buren county. In 1850, when he was twenty four years of age, John Bishop removed from Ohio to Iowa, locating in Van Buren county, where he followed the carpenter's trade and also engaged in farming. He subsequently acquired the title to two hundred acres of unimproved and uncultivated land in Jefferson county, that he energetically applied himself to clearing and operating. His efforts met with such lucrative returns that he was later able to extend the boundaries of his farm by the addition of another quarter section, thus making the aggregate of his holdings three hundred and sixty acres. Being both enterprising and diligent Mr. Bishop so intelligently applied his energies that he brought his land under a high state of cultivation, making it one of the attractive and valuable farms of the county. Here he spent the remainder of his life, his demise occurring in October, 1904, at the age of seventy eight years. The mother survived until January 12, 1910, and was seventy five years of age when she passed away. They were both most estimable people and were highly regarded in the community where they had resided for many years and had always exercised a goodly influence.

Reared on his father's farm, the boyhood and youth of Dr. Bishop were not particularly unlike those of the average farmer lad of that period. In the acquirement of his early education he attended the district schools in the vicinity of his neighborhood until qualified to enter Parsons College. He became a student of that institution in 1883, and in 1888, at the expiration of a five years period of study, was graduated. The succeeding three years he devoted to teaching, being principal of the school at Abbington for a year and that of Libertyville for two years. As he had previously decided to adopt the medical profession for his life vocation, in the autumn of 1891 he entered the Keokuk Medical College, being awarded the degree of M. D. three years later. He first located in Fairfield, where he maintained an office until June 5, 1894, then came to Glasgow, where he has ever since resided. Dr. Bishop is well qualified for the profession he is following both because of his natural aptitude and by reason of his constant study and thorough preparation. He is most conscientious in his devotion to his patients, thorough in his diagnosis and tireless in his administrations in the effort to mitigate their suffering. He is the only physician in the town and in Round Prairie township so naturally in consideration of his excellent qualifications has succeeded in building up a very large practice.

On the 14th of April, 1897, Dr. Bishop was united in marriage to Miss Prudence K. Gregg, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Billings) Gregg. the father a native of Indiana and the mother of Ohio. James Gregg came to Iowa with his parents, who located in Jefferson county during the pioneer days. Having attained man's estate he bought some land that he cleared and operated until 1899, when he withdrew from the active work of the fields and retired to Fairfield, where he now resides, and where his wife passed away in April, 1910. To Dr. and Mrs. Bishop five children were born, as follows: J. Paul, Mildred Elizabeth, Carl Gregg, Robert Huffman, who are respectively thirteen, eleven, seven and three years of age, and James Frederick, who has passed the first anniversary of his birth. The wife and mother after an illness covering one week, passed away with pneumonia, her death occurring on the 30th of March, 1911.

Dr. Bishop and his family affiliate with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the mother was also a member, and fraternally he is a Modem Woodman of America, belonging to the Fairfield Camp. His political support Dr. Bishop accords to the republican party whose policy receives his unqualified indorsement, although he does not actively participate in township governmental affairs, preferring to give his undivided attention to his profession. His connection with his fellow practitioners he maintains through the medium of his membership in the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Iowa State and American Medical Associations. Good financial success has attended his efforts professionally and he is the owner of a finely improved farm of one hundred and thirty acres in Round Prairie township, in addition to which he also has an interest in the old family homestead. He has a very attractive residence and four lots in Glasgow and he also owns his office building. Charitable in his judgments, just in his criticisms and helpful in his attitude toward all, Dr. Bishop has won and retained the friendship of many since locating here by reason of these substantial qualities.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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